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724
hardest
5.11d
onsights
5.10a
ascents
125
distance climbed
8,834ft

About me

Nutshell facts: 30+ years on rock, first in Virginia, West Virginia, later in Arizona and Colorado; sport, trad, and aid. Climbed in: Yosemite, Red Rocks, the Needles, Tahquitz, Hueco, The Pit, Jack's Canyon, Devil's, Queen Creek, Superstitions, Sangre de Cristos, Dripping Springs, Sugarite State Park, 11 Mile Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Seneca Rocks, New River Gorge, Looking Glass and Smoke Hole Canyon.

A former caver and hiker who discovered that girls like rock climbers better than sweaty men covered with bat poop in his teens.

Along the way, I've managed to survive 166 first ascents on boulders and walls, bolts and gear, in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, the Alleghenies of West Virginia, Northern Gaan (Devils) Canyon in Arizona, and on the granite of Colorado's Pike National Forest.

(Nothing you'll see on 8a.ego, and I doubt Dave Graham is going out of his way to repeat any of my problems.)

To see the list:

http://roninsroad.blogspot.com/p/first-ascents.html

I've been living on the road, on and off, since 1995; out of a backpack, conversion van, Westfalia, pickup truck and tent, Suburban, and, most recently, a 1979 Lindy RV, sharing the adventure with my amazing wife Cindy, ever since she proposed to me in a stormy West Virginia mountain camp, on the rim of a still-undiscovered crag, in December of 2010.

Published a guidebook to the over 250 routes of Smoke Hole Canyon with a Kickstarter campaign, and have since then mailed out over 250 guidebooks. Just finished two apps for the canyon, working with rakkup.com; one for Reed Creek, and one for the Long Branch/Guide Wall area.

Just back from our second season of exploration and first ascents, working as campground hosts and staff in Colorado's amazing Elevenmile Canyon.

Tales From a Gypsy Campfire

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Notable ascents

By type Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Tick
125 5.11d** Hunter's Moon 8 weeks ago
5.11d*** Chineese Aritmetic 8 weeks ago
Clean
78 5.11b*** Barnacle Bill 4 years ago
Lead
69 5.11b*** Barnacle Bill 4 years ago
Onsight
23 5.10a*** Iroquois Lieague 22 years ago
5.10a*** The Rico Suave Arete 24 years ago
Red point
20 5.11b*** Barnacle Bill 4 years ago
Pink point
5 5.10d** Rock Your World 22 years ago
5.10d** Hello 23 years ago
Second
3 5.9** Bring on the Nubiles 21 years ago
5.9** Electric Chair 22 years ago
Solo
3 5.2* Old Man's Route 21 years ago
5.2* Old Ladies' Route 22 years ago
By style Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Sport
71 5.11d** Hunter's Moon 8 weeks ago
5.11d*** Chineese Aritmetic 8 weeks ago
Trad
26 5.10a*** Crack of Dawn 21 years ago
5.10a** The Entertainer 24 years ago
Unknown
26 5.10d** Hello 23 years ago
By area Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Franklin Gorge
44 5.11b*** Barnacle Bill 4 years ago
5.11b** Limestoned 24 years ago
Reed's Creek
36 5.11d** Hunter's Moon 8 weeks ago
5.11d*** Chineese Aritmetic 8 weeks ago
Seneca
31 5.10c*** Spinaker 23 years ago
New River Gorge
8 5.10a*** The Rico Suave Arete 24 years ago
5.10a** The Entertainer 24 years ago
South Platte
5 5.8** Cleavage about a year ago

Ascents by grade and route style

Ascents by grade and tick type

Performance chart by route style

Performance chart by tick type

Performance table

Period Total ascents Hardest grade Performing at
General Pink point Red point Flash Onsight
2016 9 5.11d5.10d
2015 6 5.10b5.75.7
2014 1 5.8
2013 1 5.10a
2012 13 5.11b5.10b5.10a
2011 4 5.10a5.9
2010 8 5.10d5.10a
2009 8 5.11b5.10c
2008 5 5.10d5.7
2007 5 5.10b5.9
1998 1 5.10a
1995 10 5.10b5.10a5.9
1994 16 5.10d5.10b5.10b5.7
1993 15 5.10d5.10c5.9
1992 18 5.11b5.10a5.10a5.7
1991 3 5.95.6

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